Month: December 2013

The Nite Owls

Shari’s 3 am Sessions: Late Nite Specials
Nite Owl Records

Shari's 3am Sessions CD coverNow an all-night restaurant is not really the place you’re going to expect to run into live music.. Especially if it’s well after midnight, more on this side of the crack of dawn. But there amongst the insomniacs, the truck drivers and those that are just up all night type of folks, at …

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Muddy Award Recipients The Hank Shreve Band At Duff’s Garage – Jan. 4th

The CD Woodbury Band - press photoHank Shreve has been honored six times by the Cascade Blues Association with Muddy Awards, including two in 2013 for Regional Blues Band and Harmonica Player (his second recognition in the latter). Having picked up the harmonica at the age of eight, Hank has proven himself one of the leading players of the instrument on the West Coast, and it is not too

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What’s on Tap for January General Membership Meeting . . .

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, January 8th, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Julie Yanko & Dean Mueller
Second Electric Set – Jesse Samsel

Hey everybody, hope you noticed that date for the meeting right off so you do not show up a week too early. You should be home with family, watching football, recovering from partying too much the night before or whatever you like to do on the holiday, so the meeting is pushed back one week.  But we guarantee that that extra week will be well …

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2014 Journey To Memphis Applications Now Being Accepted

Have you ever dreamed of playing in Memphis, Tennessee on Beale Street? The storied location that has seen the rise of many of the most prominent blues artists of all time such as BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby Bland, Muddy Waters.  Now imagine having industry representatives from around the blues world in attendance: record labels, festivals, venues, media, agents, promoters and blues societies. You will never find so many seeking out new talent all in one place at the same time. Well, that opportunity just may be yours. It all begins with your application to take part in the Cascade …

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Dante’s Presents The North Mississippi All Stars with Lightnin’ Malcolm – Jan. 25th

North Mississippi All Stars - photo by Josh MintzWhen it comes to Mississippi blues today, perhaps no one outfit spreads the sound around the world as much as the North Mississippi All Stars. Since breaking out in the late ‘90s they have taken the tradition of artists such as Fred McDowell, Otha Turner, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and the likes, expanding it into their own feel and brought it forefront into the 21st century. But they had the proper upbringing for this flavor of music. After all Luther and Cody Dickinson are the sons of the late Jim Dickinson, one of the South’s most distinguished producers and …

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New Music To Note March:

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Bill Blues – Mojolation (Warmfuzz)
Billy Thompson – Friend (Soul Stew Records)
Bottleneck John – All Around Man (Opus 3)
Brett Wellman and The Stone Cold Blues Band – All I Had Was Gone (Stone Cold Music)
Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta Records)
Dan Burien – Empty Roads (Self Produced)
Dave Keller – Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)
Deb Ryder – Might Just Got Lucky (Bejeb Music)
Hank Mowery – Account To Me (Old Pal Records)
Leonard Griffie –

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The Randy Oxford Band

It Feels Good
Figgleblall Records

 Randy Oxford Band CD coverEvery time I turn around it seems that Randy Oxford has a handful of new players in his band and the funny thing about it all is they keep sounding more impressive every time out. This new band features Randy on trombone of course, and the incredible Amy Jada is back on vocals, but stellar guitar players Randy Norris and Manuel Morais add their own unique blends, Richard Sabol is his animal self tearing up the drums, and they’ve enlisted the energetic Polly O’Keary, formerly of Too Slim & The Taildraggers, to fill in with

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Ramblings On My Mind – Dec 2013

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson / CBA President

This month I thought I would do something different with this column. I was contacted once again this year by Eric Steiner, the President of the Washington Blues Society, and asked if I could give them a top ten list for blues recordings of 2013. Always a difficult decision because there are so many that always stand out. But I did break it down to the ten that I believe I kept coming back to over and over again throughout the year and still play consistently. There are a lot that could’ve or maybe should’ve …

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Canadian Blues Hero Matt Andersen To Make Portland Debut- Jan. 24th

Matt Andersen - photo by Greg JohnsonMatt Andersen may not be the most recognized performer hailing from Canada, but he certainly belongs among those who deserve the attention. Hailing from Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this will be Andersen’s first appearance in Portland when he takes the stage at Mississippi Studios on Friday, January 24th. His narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the …

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2014 Cascade Blues Association Board of Directors

2014 CBA Board bwYour 2014 Cascade Blues Association Board of Directors (left to right) Art Bullis, At Large Member; Greg Johnson, President; Wendy Schumer, Vice President; Jon Pierce, Secretary; Merry Larsen, Treasurer; KimberLee Deane, Membership Secretary…

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